Alabama lawmakers are one step from letting voters decide, at least in theory, whether to make it harder for government to adopt restrictions on firearms. A proposed constitutional amendment would apply a judicial standard strict scrutiny to any limits on possessing weapons. The proposal cleared a Senate committee Tuesday. It must pass the full Senate before it goes on a statewide ballot. The bill repeats what the U.S. Supreme Court already requires under recent decisions striking down local weapons bans.
Tornado Damaged Schools
State legislators are inching closer to providing money to fix public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012. The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for legislation that would allow the state to sell $30 million in bonds. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration. The bill has already passed the House.
An Alabama judge refused to set bond for Joyce Garard as she awaits trial in the death of her nine-year-old granddaughter, who prosecutors say was run to death. Circuit Judge William Ogletree made the decision during a Tuesday morning court hearing in Gadsden.
A Tuscaloosa man jailed in the 1999 slaying of a 21-year-old Tuscaloosa woman has pleaded guilty to murder, finally resolving the cold case crime. Authorities say 40-year-old Eric Harton entered the plea Monday.